It was bound to happen, and GM Bryan Murray has just confirmed it. Senators captain Jason Spezza has requested to be traded from the Ottawa Senators. The highly skilled centre was second in team scoring for the club this past season with 23 goals and 43 assists for 66 points. A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Spezza has spent his entire ten year NHL career with Ottawa after being drafted second overall in 2001.
Yesterday I talked about the possibility to resigning Spezza to a contract extension. Now, trading him is the only option. He does have a modified no-trade clause in his contract, and has provided a list of ten teams to Murray to which he is not willing to be moved to.
Even though the NHL Entry Draft is taking place in Philadelphia on June 27-28th, don’t expect him to be moved then and there. Although possible, it won’t a simple transaction to make. Ottawa is said to be searching for a player who can help the team now, not just prospects and draft picks. A package deal will be the way to go here, which may take some time. However, talks will definitely pick up over next couple of week.
Prospective teams in pursuit of his services completely depend who’s on his list. However, I have to believe St. Louis, Dallas, and Anaheim to be attractive destinations, not only for Spezza, but for what those teams require.
Stay tuned for more, as this story continues to develop.